Greco-Roman APHRODITE PUDICA WITH EROS ASTRIDE A DOLPHIN, White marble
Overall assembled: approximately 53 x 20 x 14 inches
Museum purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Ralf Kircher
APHRODITE PUDICA WITH EROS ASTRIDE A DOLPHIN
The fragmented torso and legs are that of Aphrodite, and the child is Eros. In Greek mythology, Aphrodite (later named Venus by the Romans) is the goddess of love who was born from the aphros, or sea foam. Her son Eros (Cupid to the Romans), the god of love, sits at her feet. A dolphin swims by Aphrodite’s ankles, symbolizing her birth from the sea. Her pose is one of modesty, with her right hand across her breasts (the right thumb is still evident on her left breast), and her left arm covering her genitalia.